At Ashoka, when not occupied with academics, students find themselves immersed in pursuing creative hobbies and interests through clubs and societies. These prove to be an ocean of opportunities to contribute to and enrich the campus experience culturally and intellectually.At Ashoka, clubs and societies are autonomous bodies which design their own leadership structure and modes of functioning. A “society” is an umbrella of two or more clubs with diverse pursuits, brought together by a focal interest area. A “club” on the other hand has a very definite field of work it is committed to.
Neev, Community Engagement Club
Neev brings students together to work on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable programmes for community engagement through a variety of projects, with an emphasis on the areas of health and education. The club also works on long-term projects with a strong emphasis on impact evaluation. This helps members in understanding, building relationships and connecting with their immediate surroundings.
Kirdaar: S.T.A.G.E for Ashoka – The Theatre Society
Kirdaar brings together those who want to express their ideas and emotions, explore themes and engage in dialogue on contemporary issues through the medium of theatre. The society attempts to cover various forms of theatre like street, stage, musical, abstract theatre, etc. At present, stage theatre and street theatre fall under its ambit.
The Music Society comprises three clubs that focus on different aspects of music and bring in diversity to this art form on campus:
A Cappella: This club practices a tradition of music that entails singing and performing without instruments, solely using sounds created by the singers’ voices and mouths. The club aspires to not only broaden the range of the genres of music engaged with on campus, but also aims at performances representing the university at various venues.
Compduction: The club aspires to delve into and work on professional music production through digital media, DAW software, Signal Processing, Software Synthesisers and Samplers, MIDI, Virtual Instruments, Mixing and Mastering while promoting training in field of music technology. In essence, it seeks to learn and engage in producing a piece of music from scratch. The club aims to provide musicians with the means to record their compositions.
Classical Music Club: The classical music club aims to enrich knowledge around music through the practice of both Hindustani Classical and Western classical. Beginning with peer-to-peer learning, the club aspires to learn, teach and appreciate the traditional and classical forms of music.
The Edict, Ashoka’s Student Newspaper
The Edict is an initiative by budding journalists on campus and is a forum for students to express and write about events and issues. It is an online newspaper, with students as the on-campus reporters and editors.
The Film Society is an interactive community for students with a deep interest in films and filmmaking. Apart from providing insight into film and television, the society also serves as a forum for unhindered development of filmmaking skills, thus creating a rich culture of film enthusiasts at the university. The aim is also to encourage talented filmmakers, who are capable of producing movies of certain philosophical depth.
The History and Heritage Society
This society aims to generate curiosity about the history, heritage and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, in an attempt to foster sensitivity towards India’s tangible and intangible heritage, and to inculcate a spirit of historical consciousness. The society aspires to release a Heritage and History Calendar in order to acquaint the larger student body with dates of historical prominence. It also contextualises the heritage of Indian festivals through presentations on the day itself. Furthermore, it aims to conduct skill-based workshops on subjects such as the recording of oral history, crafts like Batik, Origami, Puppetry, Ajrak, Phad, Madhubani and Warli art, archiving and much more.
Centre for Sustainability
The Centre aims to create and institutionalise a self-sustaining system of waste reduction and management on the Ashoka University campus by recycling paper, reusing plastic and composting organic matter. It also seeks to promote a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility on campus through various initiatives like documentary screenings, community outreach programmes, guest lectures, etc. It works towards utilising the waste generated on campus through innovative design. A sub-section of the Centre will be dedicated to working with Pradip Krishen and Vijay Dhasmana on environmental landscaping on campus.
The Gavel Club
The Ashoka University Gavel Club is a learning-by-doing initiative to develop student leaders who are also great communicators. Similar to the internationally renowned Toastmasters Club, the Gavel Club is particularly suited to students in schools, colleges and universities. In a certain sense, therefore, this club will largely be inward-looking, while also being keenly aware of the world outside.
The Quizzing Club aims to harness the various intellectual interests of Ashoka students and develop quizzing skills in the process. It aspires to foster a healthy culture of quizzing on campus.
Abhinaya, Dance Club
A vibrant and active Dance Club was initiated with the objective of uniting all dance enthusiasts on campus and creating a pool of trained dancers for the university. It aims to create a conducive environment for all to experiment with different dance forms – Indian or Western Classical, or Fusion.
Dancers will train enthusiasts and in the process learn from each other, thus promoting peer-to-peer community learning.
Model United Nations Society
Ashoka’s MUN Society aims to train and prepare students to participate in and organise Model United Nations conferences. It also aspires to hold intra-MUN conferences and mock conferences and bring Ashoka to the larger forum of the Model United Nations.
The Debate Society aims to foster a strong culture of debating, argumentation and sophisticated thinking.
It aspires to delve into different genres such as Parliamentary Debating, Contextual Debating and the Model United Nations.
Finance, Business and Investment
Finance, Business and Investment is a club that utilises practical, creative and innovative means and activities to understand concepts and theories around finance, economics and business.
The Big Bake Theory
The club with the sweet tooth, the Big Bake Theory practices baking as an entrepreneurial venture. It also opens up opportunities for the student community to explore this form of creativity.
Ashoka University launched its Art and Cultural society with a vision to delve into all Indian art forms, ranging from folk to classical. It aims to cover various such art forms – music, dance, oral traditions and craft.
The Society aspires to create a culturally aware and sensitive campus. A unique concept, it seeks participation from not only students but also staff and faculty, making it a truly inclusive and vibrant body.
Meri Dastan, The Storytelling Society
Storytelling, as a practice dates back a long time in human history. In earlier times, storytelling was the most popular and effective way of teaching, communicating information or just sharing experiences. In the present era of technology and a high-paced life, we have somehow lost that practice and hence that personal touch we get when we hear someone’s story.
The mission of this society is to bring back the older practice of storytelling so that we can reconnect with each other in more compassionate and stronger ways.
Art Appreciation Association (AAA)
The AAA aims to develop a culture of art on campus and discover different aspects of the fine arts. Through workshops and sessions with experts and faculty, it hopes to motivate the undiscovered and enhance the discovered talent at the university, and to hold exhibitions and auctions to showcase Ashoka’s budding artists.
The Art Society aims to conduct weekly activities related to various art and craft practices, developing students’ ideas and stimulating artistic talent on campus. A display of the students’ work is organised twice each semester, with an annual exhibition showcasing all the different activity sessions and workshops conducted through the year.
The society also plays a key role in creatively designing posters, invites, banners and notifications for events hosted on campus. Other activities include facilitating lecture demonstrations, organising workshops and guided activity sessions.
The Photography Society uses this medium of art to create, explore and innovate. Beginning with providing a platform for teaching and learning photography skills, the society aims at taking it a notch higher by using this creative form to delve into creative thinking.
Moreover, the society also produces powerful promos and posters for various events and programmes at Ashoka University.
ABC, Ashoka’s Broadway Club
ABC has successfully introduced a new aspect and added to the vibrancy of campus culture in the tradition of Broadway – in which music, dance and theatre are all combined!
Pragya, the Meditation Club
Pragya aims to revive the tradition of meditation and the practice of Vipasana.
Exhibit is a calligraphy and exhibitions club. It practices the art of calligraphy using distinct fonts and also creates paintings using the same art form.
SLAM Poetry Club
The SLAM poetry club aims at creating a culture of performance poetry in Ashoka University. It uses poetry to delve into a variety of issues and for poets to express opinions.
Ashoka Rotaract Club
By creating a Rotaract chapter on campus, the club wishes to contribute to the community and has begun with a few baby steps with the aspiration to grow and learn even further.
The Fifth Dimension
Bringing in an interesting concept into the campus culture, the Fifth Dimension intends to introduce graphic design and video editing while bridging art and technology.